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  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel [The Great 19thC Engineer] – L.T.C. Rolt

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel [The Great 19thC Engineer] – L.T.C. Rolt

    A first edition published by Longmans, London in 1958.

    Probably the best book about IKB surely the greatest engineer of the 19th Century and keeping all things relative perhaps the greatest ever.

    Large octavo, 345, illustrated throughout. A little age an a hint of “parfum de library” … otherwise a nice copy.

    A weighty biography which deals with every aspect of his engineering prowess … his bridges, tunnels, Great Western Railways and the monstrous stem ships that broke the mould in design and scale …

    This book has obviously been owned by an admirer of the great man. An image of IKB has been carefully manicured and pasted opposite the preface and many ephemeral items have been placed in strategic spots throughout. We have left them there as it give the book a unique character which we do not wish to spoil.

    Brunel – Engineering Design came naturally to him.


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  • Battery Point Sketch Book – Fearn Rowntree – First Edition 1951

    Sister of Amy Rowntree (Battery Point Today etc) this shows off the enchanting architectural sketches form hand of Fearn.

    Landscape, softcover, booklet printed at the Mercury, Hobart. No date but considered 1951. 48 pages with circa toward 200 sketches.

    Some interesting examples such as a glimpse of the Prince of Wales before they knocked it down and built the current monstrosity; a nice glimpse between the houses on Marine Terrace showing a glimpse of actual activity in the Purden and Featherstone Shipyards below; lots of interesting knobs and an Arthur’s Circus with young people playing!

    A prize sketch book from the other Rowntree


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  • Stones of a Century [Tasmania] – Michael Sharland

    Stones of a Century [Tasmania] – Michael Sharland

    A fine copy of Michael Sharland’s book on the exquisite historic architecture of Tasmania.

    A second edition published in 1969. Published by O.B.M. Hobart and printed by the distinguished Walch & Sons. Octavo, 78 pages and over a 100 images from photographs of the stone faced beauties. An interesting readable narrative that has passed the test of time.

    Old Tasmanian Buildings a class on their own in Australia.


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  • Acta Iranica – the King and Kingship in Achaemenid Art – Margaret Cool Root.

    Acta Iranica – the King and Kingship in Achaemenid Art – Margaret Cool Root.

    A scarce hardback edition from the superb series on Iranian studies Acta Iranica published by the International Committee of Scholars of the Indo-Iranian Studies at the University of Liege. Peer reviewed and published by E.J. Brill in Leiden, Netherlands.

    This edition Volume IX of the third series published in 1979. “Essays on the Creation of an Iconography of Empire” by the esteemed Margaret Cool Root.

    Large octavo, 357 pages followed by LXXII pages of plates from original photographs, illustration within the text one triple folding architectural plate.

    The author completed her Doctorate at Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia in 1976. This book is an expanded version of the work included in her Thesis. She is now Professor of her discipline at Michigan University.

    Achaemenid Art is the Art of the Kings, the official art of the Achaemenid Dynasty, arising from a clan of Persian people of that name who would ruled the Near East from 550 BC to 331 BC [the arrival of Alexander the Great]. An architectural, sculptural and artistic delight is contained in this large body of work.

    A scarce element on the history of an interesting period dominated by the Persian Achaemenid.


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  • Firegrates and Kitchen Ranges – Eveleigh

    Firegrates and Kitchen Ranges – Eveleigh

    From the Shire Album series. Whilst based on records, images and hardware residing in England, this has good Australian appeal for those with period house of a liking for ironmongery of the practical and aesthetic sort.

    Published in 1983, decorated card covers, 32 pages, it’s the forty plus images and descriptions that make this a special little jigger … we love.

    Time to rip out than stainless steel Harvey Norman monstrosity and get a proper oven!

    A Grate Little Book!


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  • Historic Stanley [North West Tasmania] – From Original Sketches by Marquerite Close – Signed by the author and artist.

    Historic Stanley [North West Tasmania] – From Original Sketches by Marquerite Close – Signed by the author and artist.

    Well for those that have not been there, Stanley with its impossible to miss “Nut” is one of the most picturesque places you are likely to come across. And, steeped in history being a very early settlement associated with Australia’s first major corporation the Van Diemen’s Land Co.

    Soft cover, landscape, 68 pages with a page of narrative followed by a sketch throughout. A super reference and keepsake for any Stanley lover.

    Beautiful historic Stanley and Artist’s record.


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